The E-Moves festival in Eindhoven, Netherlands once again brought BMX fans together for the second edition of the 040 Invitational Spine Ramp contest. The 040 BMX crew set up a new version of the massive miniramp in the middle of the city for the invited riders to shine. 12 riders made it to the final where Kostya Andreev meant business with back to back tricks including 3-whips to tuck over the spine and flairs to tuck no-hander. James Jones from the UK was ripping and did many variations over the spine to get second place. Belgian Kenneth Tancré rode well to get the last spot on the podium in Eindhoven with third place.
The second annual 040 Invitational BMX Spine Ramp Contest took place in Eindhoven, Netherlands last weekend and here are the results. FINAL Results 040 Invitational Spine Ramp Contest 2017: 1 Kostya Andreev (RUS) 2 James Jones (GBR) 3 Kenneth Tancré (BEL) 4 Tom van den Bogaard (NED) 5 Zdenda Pesek (Cze) 6 Paul Thoelen (GER) 7 Cam Peake (GBR) 8 Daniel Wedemeijer (NED) 9 Sem Kok (NED) 10 Shaun Gornall (GBR) 11 Jari Roggeveen (NED) 12 Niels van Maren (NED)
It was around 1999, we were diggin’ hard at our trails in Capelle aan den IJssel (RIP) and I was having another knee operation. Thinking a lot about my comeback and the winter that was coming I was searching, within the Rotterdam area, for a new location for trials that would be dry and rideable all winter. We did build some jumps under the “Brienenoord”bridge, but this place was terrible for side wind blowing under the bridge. The big pro was that it was dry all the time. Looking around on crutches I stumbled into the bushes under the flyover for the tram near the Sint Franciscus hospital. There was a perfect place hidden between bushes, covered by a flyover but…. There were bums living there, hence the name, JunkTrails.
Gerrit Koornwinder, Rene Hofman, Jeroen Hoogaerts (RIP) and more people started building. The dirt was actually so dry the water would just run off and would not penetrate the dirt. We got pumps in and at the end and made a starting hill, three doubles and a bank to wallride. All dirt. Fast-forward to December 2014, by now the reader understands that this is an oldschool rider talking, so old that I rode bmx before “bmx freestyle” was invented.
Our old crew with new additions, Paul Lemson and Sven den Toom, likes jumping but we are very
With the Olympic news being announced the day before the contest, the riders were stoked to ride Pannonian Challenge in Osijek, Croatia. With 2016 UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Cup champion Logan Martin on the starters list, the grandstands packed up quickly. In sunny weather the finals kicked off at 18:00hr sharp on a course that was used for a UCI BMX Freestyle World Cup last year. For those who could not make it we had the live feed up on FATBMX so by now you've probably seen the tricks and know that Logan Martin won the €2600 check for first place while most of his fellow top Park riders were fighting over 6 X-Games spots in Boise, USA at the same time. Logan is pre-qualified for that one so he could fly to Croatia to ride the comp. Local Marin Rantes was fit enough to ride after his hand injury from two weeks ago in Montpellier. He had to skip riding the Pro Freestyle comp but made the trip to the Pannonian Challenge (18th edition!) to give it a shot. Once his bike showed up (2 days late) he gave it a shot and crashed in practice injuring his knee. But when the stands pack up and the biggest contest of the year in your own country is about to start, you can bite through the pain. Marin did great and had the crowd behind him. He even made Logan Martin step it up for his second and last run to secure the win. Marin got second and was well stoked on that. Erik Figar (CZE) has a killer second run and stepped on the podium in Osijek together with two of his heroes. Unfortunately Michael Beran (CZE) was too hurt to ride but some talent is coming out of Slovenia in the name of Matej Zan who has incredible bike control, style and does his tricks with good amplitude. David Janac from the Czech Republic completed the top 5 at the 2017 edition of the Pannonian Challenge.
On June 9-10, the world’s top athletes took over Rhodes Skate Park in Boise, Idaho to secure their invitations to X Games Minneapolis. Over 7,000 fans witnessed six Men’s Skateboard and BMX athletes and four Women’s skateboarders punch their tickets to Minneapolis. In the final competition of the day, the BMX athletes upped the amplitude in the park with a mix of flips and whips. X Games rookie Nick Bruce surprised the crowd by taking the top spot in front of perennial X Games BMX Park medalists Daniel Sandoval and Kevin Peraza. Bruce qualified first in the elimination and rode that momentum all the way through the final. Sitting in second place behind Sandoval, Bruce threw a run highlighted by a huge downside flairwhip in the final run of the competition to seal his spot
Pro Freestyle is in its third year and we see lots of progression from event to event. The venue this year was spot on. The Beach Stadium in Scheveningen is the best location you could wish for if the weather cooperates. It was dry for five days in a row which was a big help. Only downfall was the strong wind from time to time but the kitesurfers weren't complaining about that one. The multiple sports event had BMX Street and BMX Park (Am and Pro classes) on the program to sign up for which were open for anyone who wanted to enter. Events like Pro Freestyle are needed for those riders who want to compete and hang out to see other riders do well in their runs. It brings the scene together and it's a way to unite with fellow 'urban sports athletes'. With a Park set up by 040BMXPARK and a Street set-up by Nine Yards the riders had plenty to choose from. The surrounding grandstands and office/bar next to the arena with pumptrack and sponsor stands nearby, it was the place to be.
As usual the best Park riders in AM could have entered Pro and in fact winner Maxime Vautrinot was a rider from France who had signed up for Pro but later decided to ride Amateur. Local Jari Roggeveen (NED) pulled it together for second place just in front of Gunis Atmats who made the trip over from Latvia with loads of others.
The Vans BMX Pro Cup Series saw an incredible close to the final global qualifier event in Guadalajara, Mexico this past weekend as more than 30 world renowned BMX riders pursued their last chance to win before the Vans BMX Championships this season. Scouring the terrain with unpredictable and unique lines, Australia’s Jason Watts grasped his first major tour victory, highlighting an excellent performance merging technical manuals with back-to-back tricks throughout Montenegro’s vast course.
An emotional Watts states, “I’m speechless, winning this event is mind-boggling. Everyone rips it out there, I didn’t think this day would ever come. I have too much fun riding my bike to ever think about it.”
Trailing closely behind Watts, USA native and crowd favorite Larry Edgar earned a hard-earned second place, showcasing the contest’s greatest airs along with enormous trick combinations, while Spain’s Sergio Layos’ consistent riding and fearless speed merited him third, and also marks his third consecutive podium win in the series. Layos’ remarkable consistency throughout the series proves his momentum as a star contender to watch in the Championships.
Tom Dugan took home the event’s Best Trick award for a massive 360 bowl transfer, and Jamie Cooper-Ellis earned the event’s Best Line award in his first series appearance, landing an elevated bank transfer into the deep bowl.
Pro Freestyle Park Final results, The Hague 5 June 2017. 1. Michael Beran (CZE) 2. Jack Clark (GBR) 3. Tom van den Bogaard (NED) 4. Kostya Andreev (RUS) 5. Kenneth Tancre (BEL) 6. Daniel Wedemeijer (NED) 7. Ernest Zebolds (LAT) 8. Kevin Liehn (GER) 9. Arjan Ellens (NED) 10. Tom Selbeck (NED) 11. Brian Fox (USA) 12. Sem Kok (NED)
Best Trick winner: Brian Fox. Double backflip transfer